I feel like this aspect of the whole debacle deserves its own topic.
For the life of me, I can't comprehend how they came to the decision for the 2 game, $250,000 punishment.
Is it pure arrogance? They think they are bullet-proof and the NCAA wouldn't dare investigate further? That either they refuse to acknowledge how serious the offenses are or feel that the media and authorities won't realize it themselves? This seems impossible.
Plain stupidity? Maybe they aren't the savviest group on the planet, but it would seem you couldn't get to the positions of university president, AD or head coach by being a stupid individual. They can't possibly be dumb enough to believe the punishment will suffice can they?
Or do they feel that if they start with a low punishment, perhaps the NCAA will only add on an incremental amount of punishment (i.e. adding an extra year of probation to Michigan). So rather than suspend Tressel for 6 games, take away 5 scholarships and ban themselves from a year of postseason play and then have the NCAA add on 2 more games, 5 more scholarships and a year or two more, perhaps the NCAA's punishment just consists of 5-6 game suspension, 5 scholarships and a year ban.
I'd love to have some psychic abilities right now to get inside their heads.